According to the Louis Aguilar Detroit News, Slows Bar BQ will be opening its second location, Slows to Go, a takeout and catering business in the Midtown area (NW corner of Cass Avenue and Alexandrine Street) by the middle of 2010.

The 6,000-square-foot building expands the reach and capacity of the Michigan Avenue restaurant, which was an instant success when it opened four years ago, west of the old Tiger Stadium.

The new building will allow for the preparation of larger quantities of food compared to the original restaurant, which has a tiny kitchen and limited smoker capacity. It also will fill carryout and catering orders. "We're just trying to keep up with demand," said chef Brian Perrone, who also is an owner.

With its slow-food, Southern-inspired menu, Slows has been named one the best barbecue restaurants in the nation by Bon Appetit magazine, the Wall Street Journal and others.

Slows to Go is a $1.5 million investment, including the purchase of the building. The original restaurant's success tapped into a number of movements, including the counter-trend of young people moving back into the core city and the interest in restoring old Detroit buildings.

"We view differently than Time (magazine) and other reports," said co-owner Phil Cooley, referring to a spate of national coverage of hard times in Detroit.

Phil Cooley, a 31-year-old former Louis Vuitton model, convinced his brother Ryan, a former Chicago banker, and their parents Ron and Patty to move to Detroit. And all of them are owners. Other owners include general manager Terry Perrone and sous chef Mike Metevia.

"I've lived in Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, Paris and Chicago and this is best community that I know,"said Phil Cooley. "The people who are here are often very committed to the area."

TEDx Detroit 2009 Highlights

Chris Spiek
The AWS Blog

If you’re not a fan of the videos at Ideas Worth Spreading, I’d be willing to bet that it’s just because no one has introduced you to the site yet.

If you’ve never heard of, drop whatever you’re doing for the next half hour and watch the videos in this post.

Yesterday, Ted’s ideas spread to Detroit as some of the area’s top thinkers gathered at Lawrence Tech University for a day of compelling discussions about technology, energy, entrepreneurship, and other current challenges.

The first conversation that I had when I arrived at the conference I believe to be very representative of what everyone there was feeling. The man in front of me in line at the registration desk turned around, introduced himself, and asked, “So … what are your expectations?”

Anyone that’s been a long-time fan of knows that the expectations are high. When I watch a TED video online, it tends to introduce a number of new ways of thinking about the topic. On a very positive note, I can honestly say that many of the presenters at TEDx Detroit had the same impact on me.

I’ve seen Richard Sheridan from Menlo Innovations speak on a number of occasions, but this was hands-down his best presentation. Richard spoke about design issues, and specifically how they relate to software design. He opened with a wonderful example: “Have you ever walked up to a door and pushed on it, only to discover that it’s a ‘Pull’ door?” That is BAD DESIGN. His presentation went on to explain a number of examples where studying natural human behavior in the workplace can lead to better software interface design. I agree wholeheartedly with Rich in his argument that we don’t spend enough time incorporating user observation into the design process.

Dan Izzo form Bizdom U gave a though-provoking talk on Turning Dreamers into Doers. Although I think that’s a pretty tough challenge to face (motivating people to act), especially in a 20 minute presentation, he made a number of good points about innovation. His most pointed comment being: “If your business idea is the answer, then what is the f$#@ing question?” The next time you have the next great idea, spend time talking to people about the challenge that they face, and be sure that your solution is actually mated to their problem.

Inspiration & Creativity
In her TED presentation, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses the creative process, and explores the demands that we put on creative thinkers (the possibility of never creating anything great, and the even greater challenges that come with actually creating something incredible).

I believe one of the only standing ovations of the day went to D Blair after he performed his poem Detroit (While I Was Away), and it was definitely much-deserved.

TEDxDetroit video: Poet D Blair performs 'Detroit (while I was away)'

Rory Sutherland presents one of the funniest TED videos that I’ve seen so far as he explores the differences between actual “real” value, and perceived value. If you’ve read Predictably Irrational, you’ll definitely want to watch this.

Would I Attend another TEDx
On the drive home I thought back to the first conversation of the day; had it met my expectations? The short answer is that I would definitely go to another TEDx. The long answer is a bit more involved.

For me, TED is always about taking in a new, thought-provoking perspective on a topic, and the online videos fill that need perfectly. When I think about how I pull them into my life, they are effective because 1) I can watch them whenever I want, and 2) I can skip to the next one if a video turns out to be boring.

I’ve spoken to a few people about the idea of collaboration at the TEDx conferences. I didn’t experience a whole lot of it (the physical layout of the auditorium didn’t lend itself terribly well to round-table discussions), and I didn’t really expect to. Most of the useful conference-type collaboration that I’ve been involved with have been with a number of people who are all experts on the same subject, throwing ideas around (e.g. a CIO conference).

I think there are both obvious benefits and challenges that would come along with a group of people with very different backgrounds digging deep into a wide array of topics. It might be worth exploring these types of round-table discussions at future TEDx events (I’m sure some light discussions happened at the after-party, but that’s not the same as a deep exploration of a topic).

All-in-all the event was a great experience. Kudos to Charlie Wollborg, Derek Mehraban, Catherine Juon, Jennifer Wright, and Terry Bean for putting it all together.

The conference had a definite undertone that could probably be described as something like: Do whatever it takes to get Detroit back on its feet. One quote that I absolutely love stuck in my head that I think sums it all up:

Hell, there are no rules here - we’re trying to accomplish something! 
- Thomas Edison

Sven Gustafson 

Do not adjust your TV sets: More than a dozen major national companies including AutoZone, Wal-Mart, Aldi, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chase Bank, and Tim Hortons are expanding in Michigan.

Companies are trying to capitalize on the growing demand here for lower-priced food, goods and services, The Detroit News reports. That means millions of dollars in new investment and badly needed new jobs as companies build anew or take over vacant storefronts.

Discount grocery chain Aldi expects to add seven stores in the next two years in Michigan, which is one of its top 10 markets nationwide, and has already been hiring in the Detroit area. Wal-Mart plans to open 13 stores here, expand others and move into urban markets such as Detroit. And Meijer will open stores next year in Grand Rapids, Rochester Hills and Petoskey.

"It is important to look at this and realize Michigan is still filled with a large population that needs to eat, shop and be entertained," Scott Watkins, senior consultant with the Anderson Economic Group, told the News. "With the right business model, you can make a lot of money."

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Save the Date for Detroit!

Days of our Lives has partnered with NBC affiliate WDIV Local 4 and the MGM Grand Detroit to hold its first ever talent and fan search in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2009.

Fans and aspiring actors alike are encouraged to come take part in this historic occasion. The biggest Days fan will win a trip to Hollywood, California, with a visit to the Days of our Lives set. Promising actors will have the chance to win a role on the award-winning show. All of those participating in the search will have the opportunity to meet some of Salem's favorite cast members including Bryan Dattilo, James Reynolds, Nadia Bjorlin and Shawn Christian.

Days is collaborating with Gleaners Community Food Bank for events through the week leading up to the main function on Friday. Gleaners is the third-oldest food bank in the United States and their mission is to turn surplus food, which otherwise would go to waste, into millions of meals for hungry people. Those involved from the show will not only get to discover new talent, but will also have a hands-on experience helping the Detroit community. All participants are encouraged to bring a can of food or non-perishable donation to the event on Friday, November 13.

TEDxDetroit video: Poet D Blair performs 'Detroit (while I was away)'

Dear Fans of Positive Detroit,

I have a simple request of you: join with me and help make a world of difference for Detroit. We are all tired of the media's bad habit of picking on our area. I ask of you to help change the world's perception of the Detroit Area and one by one, we can do it!

My goal is simple with Positive Cities Detroit: To create a fun, interactive online media platform that gives the voice back to the people to decide how we want the rest of the world to perceive what's really going on in our own backyard. We cannot expect the world to speak kindly of us if we don't do it ourselves.

Here is our chance.

I was invited a few weeks ago by the website to raise money for Positive Cities Detroit, a Michigan Non-Profit.

There are 1,262 Facebook Fans of Positive Detroit and 2,308 Followers on Twitter.

If every fan pledges just $15 (that's just 5 days of Starbucks!) to my Kickstarter drive, I will achieve the monetary goal and the Positive Cities Detroit website will launch in early January of 2010.  Oh, and did I mention you get some great prizes along with your pledges!!!

If you think is great, just wait and see what I have in store for Positive Cities Detroit. It is like nothing you have ever seen before and I promise you will love it! Please help me make Positive Cities Detroit a reality, not just for me, but for all of you.

Thank You!
Erin Rose


Detroit woke up on Monday to find itself under siege by a foreign army.

The army arrived with camera booms, military trucks, massive pennants and green camouflage extras for a remake of the 1984 action film "Red Dawn," turning a normally lightly populated Motown intersection into a hub of activity.

Several blocks of downtown Detroit will be closed off for up to two weeks during the filming, which appeared to have little impact on traffic flow, but drew curiosity seekers on foot.

Michigan has wooed filmmakers to the state with incentives in a bid to diversify an economy that remains very dependent on the health of the still-struggling U.S. auto industry. Clint Eastwood filmed "Gran Torino" in the Detroit-area.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has been filming "Red Dawn" around the state for weeks. The filmmakers blew a car into the air near the downtown Detroit intersection on Monday and set off an explosion in a small Detroit building a week ago.

The original movie saw teenagers take to the hills to mount a guerrilla war after their small U.S. town was invaded by Cuban and Soviet soldiers in a Cold War theme.

In the new movie, the soldiers are from Russia and China, and Detroit serves as a kind of anytown USA stand-in for Spokane, Washington, and other places.

On Monday, passersby snapped cellphone pictures of military trucks and actors wearing green fatigues or officers uniforms reminiscent of past decades.

Paul Thomas, a student cycling to medical school, stopped to take a photo from the seat of his mountain bike. The street closings made his ride easier, he said. "They should shut it down more often."

The movie is planned for release in November 2010.

David N. Goodman
Associated Press

Detroit's $22 million ferry and Great Lakes cruise-ship terminal will help revitalize the area economy and is another fruit of the federal economic stimulus program, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday.

LaHood, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Reps. John Dingell and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudel toured the facility. It will be fully operating next summer.
The passenger terminal and public dock on the Detroit River is getting $7.1 million in federal stimulus funds.
The project wouldn't be moving ahead as is without congressional approval of President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, said LaHood, who thanked the Democratic lawmakers flanking him at a riverfront news conference.

"It's not an easy thing to vote for spending $700 billion, but it's working," he said.

The project consists of a two-story headquarters on the Detroit River near the Renaissance Center and a 200-foot-by-25-foot offshore wharf serving cruise ships, ferries and water taxis connecting to nearby Windsor, Ontario, and other sites along the river.

Plans have been on the drawing board for a decade, but officials didn't agree on a site until 2004.

It's part of a series of Detroit riverfront developments that gained momentum in 2007 with the opening of the Tri-Centennial State Park and the opening of 2 1/2 miles of what is to be a 3 1/2-mile Detroit RiverWalk from downtown east to the Belle Isle park bridge.

Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudel said the wharf and terminal will reinforce proposed light-rail and high-speed train service in spurring redevelopment of the region.

Levin, a former Detroit City Council president, said the project marks the culmination of more than half a century of efforts to open Detroit's shoreline to the public.

"What we're witnessing is the renewal of this riverfront," he said.

Earlier Monday, LaHood met with Ford Motor Co. officials. He's taking part in a series of briefings Monday and Tuesday on U.S. safety technology programs at Ford, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.
"We got to ride the new Taurus," LaHood told Dingell. "Great car. They're back in the business, I'd say."
On Tuesday, LaHood is scheduled to address the Detroit Economic Club to defend the stimulus plan.

The Detroit Pistons and presenting sponsor National City teamed-up with Samaritan’s Feet to tip-off their 2009-10 season by donating 1,000 pairs of new shoes and socks to pre-identified children from the metro Detroit area on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. at Boll Family YMCA (1401 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226). The entire Pistons team will be on-hand to help distribute the shoes during the event.

“During hard times such as these, it is even more important we find ways to help children with basic needs such as shoes,” said Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince. “We are excited to participate in this event and give back to the Detroit community.”

Employees from National City, Fathead, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Pistons mascot Hooper will be volunteering during the event. This event is part of the NBA Cares “Week of Service” where every NBA team is giving a day of service to their local community. Fathead is also supporting National City and the Pistons to help provide the 1,000 pairs of shoes and socks. Parking accommodations were made possible by the Detroit Opera House.

Samaritan’s Feet, founded in 2003, is a humanitarian relief organization based in Charlotte, NC that puts shoes on the feet of children all around the world. With over 300 million children going without shoes everyday, their goal is to provide 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million impoverished people in 10 years. To date, nearly one million pairs of shoes have been collected for children around the world.

President and Founder, Manny Ohonme, received his first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary. He started playing basketball and other sports with these new pair of shoes and earned a spot on a traveling basketball team and eventually his high school team. Upon graduating high school, he was offered a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Dakota (Lake Region), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.

To learn more about their organization, or contact Todd Melloh at 317-417-3525.
I recently purchased a Souvenir of Detroit booklet which contains “a sketch of Detroit’s History, Resources and Points of Interest to Visitors.”

It was written in 1891 during the golden age of bicycling. Sure enough, the booklet contained this text on the city’s cycling scene:

The Detroit Wheelmen are the outgrowth of the two Bicycle Clubs, the Detroit and the Star. These, after several meetings, united in the spring of 1890, everything seeming favorable for re-organization. Wheeling up to this time, owning to many reasons, had been indulged in by but the few, and was looked upon as a pastime. Since that time the club has grown in membership, and among its members may be found many of the brightest and most energetic young men in the city.

The Club House, 64 Washington Ave., is cosy and comfortable, where any visiting wheelman finds a welcome. The twelfth annual meet of the League of American Wheelmen fell in good hands, and was the largest and most successful in the League’s history, and stamps Detroit as an important cycling center, around which the rider will find many delightful tours.

The booklet also highlighted Detroit’s early parks, including Belle Isle and Clark, and concludes that “the city is wonderously well provided with lungs.”

And while describing Belle Isle, it notes its “perfect roadbeds furnish facilities for wheelsmen and their ‘bikes’ not excelled anywhere.” It’s not clear why “bikes” is in quotes unless that was a newer term in 1891.

A Detroit-based shelter for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth will get a boost this fall from
Calling All Angels, a committee of local women passionate about ending the cycle of child abuse in Metro

Calling All Angels (CAA) will host its fourth annual fundraising event Nov. 6 at San Marino Club in Troy, with
100 percent of proceeds benefiting Covenant House Michigan.

“Although our foster care system was originally designed to provide temporary emergency guardianship, more
and more children enter it as infants or youngsters and remain until they reach adulthood,” said Laura Bostick, CAA co-creator.

“Thousands of children age out of the foster care system each year at age 18. We are honored to assist Covenant House Michigan this year in supporting youth who are homeless and in need of shelter and guidance.”

Covenant House Michigan, a faith-based non-profit organization, provides support, educational and programs, as well as other support services, to overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, education, violence, drugs and gangs. Since 2007, CHM has helped more than 35,000 Michigan teens.

Every night, thousands of young people roam the streets because they are homeless, were abandoned escaped an intolerable situation.

"The problem of homeless kids in Detroit is an invisible one," said Cynthia Adams, Director for Covenant House Michigan. "They go from house to house, 'couch surfing' or living in abandoned buildings or cars. Some sell drugs or their bodies to survive and try to maintain a 'normal' appearance. But they desperately
need unconditional love, support and an alternative to life on the street."

CAA is consistently successful in its efforts to help area organizations year after year and is eager to support
Covenant House Michigan this fall. Since its inception five years ago, CAA has raised $140,000 plus in-kind
donations valued more than $100,000.

Last November, Calling All Angels’ fundraiser raised $40,000 for the purchase and renovation of the Angels of Grace and Hope house in Pontiac, providing a transitional home for children aging out of the foster care system.

The 2007 fundraiser raised $50,000 to help build “House of Hart & Hope,” named for the late Christian radio broadcaster Rhonda Hart, who died in her sleep.

In 2006, the women reached out to Grace Centers of Hope, raising $50,000 to help pay off the mortgage for
Gracie House in Pontiac.

How you can help

Please take this opportunity to bring hope and joy into children’s’ lives by contributing to our cause. We thank you for your consideration with our whole hearts and know that many small hearts will be thanking you too!
Call 248-393-2086 to pre-order tickets or make donations for this year’s event.

Volunteers are needed to help with auction items, donations, sponsorships, program ads and ticket sales.

Visit or for more information.

Yelp Teams Up With Great Local Spas to Offer 50% Off Top Services, the site that connects people with great local businesses, presents Hawt on Yelp, a week-long promotion dedicated to giving consumers the chance to try great local spas at deeply discounted prices. The promotion will run from Monday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 8th.

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Balance Massage Therapy (Ann Arbor)
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Main Street Massage Therapy (Ann Arbor)
Om Spa (Dearborn)
Salon Vertigo (Ann Arbor)
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Hawt on Yelp will be running nationwide in 14 markets with 143 spas participating in the program. Other markets offering the promotion: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, DC, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Orange County, Philadelphia and Phoenix, San Diego.

Come take a sneak peek at the newest Urbane feature...CO-WORK SPACE @ Urbane on Adams!  If you've seen the Urbane Offices, you know how snazzy we like it! If you live at Urbane, you get to use this space for FREE.  We're also small-medium companies to lease out part of the space for everyday use!

Urbane Residents attending the event will be entered to win 6 month FREE rent!

Not an Urbane Resident yet??...Rent a TRENDY one bed @ Urbane on Adams during the event and you too will be entered in to win 6 months FREE rent!

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6:00-9:00 P.M., Thursday October 22

Nicole Brown
Woodward Avenue Action Association

On Friday, October 16 historic Woodward Avenue was designated a All-American Road (AAR), the highest honor for a road in the United States, by the U.S Department of Transportation. This important designation is administered by the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway program. The AAR status will now include Woodward Avenue in the international tourism marketing campaigns done by the FHWA of the prestigious AAR program.

The elite collection of 37 roads were selected because of their scenic, natural, historical, cultural, archaeological or recreational qualities that contributed to the America's story which could not be duplicated anywhere else in the country. The Woodward Avenue Action Association, a economic and community development non-profit submitted the application for the designation in January of this year with the full support of state and local goverment officials, community and business leaders.

For more information on the designation please visit: .